Fly Tying: Hud’s Bushwacker Bass Fly

This is without a doubt my #1 Smallmouth fly. I find myself stripping this fly 90% of the summer when chasing Pend Oreille’s bronze backs. I’ll tie this fly in every color of the rainbow, chartreuse being my favorite. Since the fly is tied on a worm hook, it is virtually weedless. I have accidentally thrown this fly on dozens of dock, and still haven’t hung up.

When tied correctly, this fly is completely indestructible (step aside Pat’s Rubberlegs). The trick is to apply Loon UV Clear Fly Finish (Thick) around the head and eyes. Next time you are chasing local Smallies, throw on a Hud’s Bushwacker and watch the surface boil.


Material List:

HOOK: VMC XL Wide Gap Worm Hook 1/0

THREAD: White Ultra Thread 140

Steve Farrar’s Flash Blend White

Steve Farrar’s Flash Blend Electric Yellow

Flashabou Silver

Krystal Flash UV Pearl

Krystal Flash Olive

UV Clear Fly Finish (Thick)

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I was raised in the lettuce capital of the world Salinas, California with hunting and fishing running through my veins. I don't remember when I started fly fishing, but there are pictures of me stripping wolly buggers on Henry's Lake when I was 4 in my Snoopy life jacket. In California, I fished for every kind of bass, but my favorites are definitely striped and white bass. I am fortunate enough to spend every summer in the Yellowstone region where I get my trout fix for the year. I have worked 7 years in a few different fly shops in West Yellowstone, Montana and Last Chance, Idaho. I graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management in 2015 right before I moved up to Ponderay, Idaho where I began working for North 40 Outfitters. I love the area I currently live in and I'm always looking for more fishing or hunting partners. Stop by the Ponderay fly shop anytime and tell me of your latest fishing experience!

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